Friday, October 19, 2012


Once again, our lives were spared by God's protective shield. On Wednesday, October 17th, on our way down to CHOP, my car (Honda Pilot) was hit again, only this time more seriously. I was taking Isaiah down for his first post-hospitalization visit with surgery and pulmonology. Isaiah's nurse was also with us.  We were just coming out of a gas station when a car came driving up the middle of the road (not in a lane) and hit us almost head-on.  All air bags deployed. Thankfully, I received the brunt of the force and not Isaiah, who was sitting behind me, or his nurse.  All 3 of us were taken to the hospital.  Isaiah hit his chin and left leg, but otherwise was ok.  He was really shook up and kept his paci and bear with him all day.  The nurse hit her knees and her neck is hurt, but she is currently recovering slowly. My right arm had some radial nerve damage/injury and I lost all feeling, strength, and movement.  I thought it was broken at first. Thankfully, it's not broken, just sore with some severe air bag burns and resolving weakness.  My neck needs further evaluation by MRI for possible herniation of discs.

So, thank you for continuing to pray for all of us.  God continues to protect us.  Pray for continued healing for all our bodies and that the injuries to my neck are not too severe. Please pray for safety as I need to drive down to CHOP next Wednesday for Isaiah's surgical check-up.  Does anyone have an armored tank I could borrow?

With everything that has happened to us over the past year, it has reminded us once again that life is short and we can't take it for granted.  Please take the time to hug your family/friends and make sure that they know how much you love them and value them. Know that we love you all very much--don't ever forget that!

Sunday, October 14, 2012


We cannot thank you enough for all the prayers on our behalf for the grant for the flooring. WE GOT IT!!!!
We could not believe it when we received the call from our social worker at CHOP that Freddy's Footsteps approved the grant to replace the flooring in our home.  We are just so grateful for the work our social worker, Megan, did on our behalf, and for the generosity of the grant program.  We were so overwhelmed with trying to figure out a way to do the floors ourselves after all the damage from Isaiah's vomiting for the past 2 years.  Now, we don't have to!  PRAISE THE LORD!!!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Construction/Destruction (or "struction" as Josiah says) has begun in our home.  Please pray for grace, safety, and patience as we work on replacing the floors over the next month.

Another BIG praise---the bill that originally passed to charge additional co-pays to families that have children with disabilities has now been placed on hold.  What a HUGE relief! Thank you to those who wrote to the local and state governments on our behalf and on the behalf of all the other children with challenges.  This is a small victory in the midst of many battles, but significant none the less.

Isaiah has been enjoying being home---we all have.  He still has occasional bad days with stomach pain and has lost weight again, but he continues to take small steps forward.  This Wednesday we see his surgeon and pulmonologist.  Pray that the visits go well and we can continue to find ways to make Isaiah's life healthier and less painful.  Thank you again for all your love, prayers, support, meals, gifts, cleaning, and helping with our home.  Your willingness to follow God's leading continues to give us the strength to take each day as it comes.